Electric Vehicles are now part of the landscape worldwide, with a slow start in Australia (now about 8% of sales).
Meanwhile the ubiquitous Tuk-Tuks still dominate urban and rural communities in many Asian countries. They are mostly petrol-driven, three-wheel vehicles with little emission controls.
However since early 2022 Electric Tuk-Tuks are appearing in Thailand and India especially, but throughout Asia for urban transport. And they are now being increasingly utilised in many western countries as delivery vehicles.
There are also Hydrogen Tuk-Tuks, with a US model offering advantages including a 3-minute re-fuelling facility:
The Inflation Reduction Act (Uncle IRA) in the USA is "a vast investment multiplier" for the renewables industry and Australia will be left behind if we don't adopt a similar scheme. Australian Treasury is considering a response to the IRA that would include tax benefits for renewables and energy transition projects. But we need it now - according Dr (Twiggy) Andrew Forrest.He is advocating: 1. Carbon emissions and global warming automatically be part of environmental assessments, 2. favourable status be given for renewable solutions and 3. a Carbon Solutions Levy to be applied.All good measures...
Soft plastics recycling returned to 12 Melbourne suburbs in February this year (2024) as
part of a trial to rebuild a national soft plastics recycling system It involves 5 Woolworths, 5 Coles and 2 Aldi Supermarkets in Victoria. Much like the original (failed) REDcycle scheme, the new trial has identified potential end markets for used soft plastic - an additive for asphalt roads, a replacement for
aggregate in concrete, or a material for making shopping trolleys and
baskets. However, to be successful, the scheme must be
cost-effective and suitably located, with established markets for the
MethaneSAT, set to launch in early March 2024, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket,
boasts "unprecedented precision” in mapping and tracking
methane emissions. Orbiting the Earth 15 times daily at 350 miles high, the satellite will focus on the top oil and gas regions
globally, providing comprehensive analyses of methane levels and fugitive emissions.Methane has more than 10X the global warming impact of CO2. Also, alarmingly, the Int. Energy Agency report (2023) states:
“Immediate, targeted methane abatement in the fossil fuel sector can prevent nearly 1 million premature deaths due to ozone exposure.https://impakter.com/slashing-methane-emissions-could-save-nearly-one-million-lives-new-report-says/